Excited by the prospect of Baz Luhrmann utilizing his own breed of kinetic editing and eye for colorful visuals to bring what is considered author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, to life? Well it’s possible that the Roaring Twenties will literally jump off the screen in the Moulin Rouge! director’s adaptation.

Luhrmann has been making plans for a cinematic version of Fitgerald’s tragic romance for some time now and is now toying with the prospect of releasing the film in 3D as well (of course).

The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Luhrmann at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where he, Michael Mann, and Oliver Stone were discussing another increasingly-popular technology – Blu-ray. Luhrmann revealed that he has already workshopped The Great Gatsby in 3D, but is as yet undecided about whether or not he will go ahead and shoot the film in the stereoscopic format as well. However, it does seem that the “post-conversion to 3D” option is off the table for now.

While Great Gatsby is by and large a personal drama that focuses around a small group of characters, it does take place in the world of 1920s America. That was a time and place characterized by unsustainable industrial growth, consumer demand, and flamboyant lifestyles that would in part contribute to the country’s eventual plunge into a crippling depression following the Wall Street Crash of 1929.

The historical setting of Fitzergald’s novel arguably lends itself to Luhrmann’s vibrant and expressive filmmaking style, as well as the atmosphere offered by 3D cinema. But could Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby end up being too full of flair and style – and thus lack the substance of its source material?

The Roaring Twenties will return in Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'.

Word that Carey Mulligan will star in The Great Gatsby broke last November, but there’s not been any additional casting news announced since. Luhrmann is still in the midst of pre-production on the project, but he may be planning to start filming sometime this year, likely the second half of 2011. Expect an official announcement about what format the film will be presented in sooner rather than later.

Would you rather see The Great Gatsby brought to life in 2D or 3D?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter